Men's Hoops Beats LMU at Home for 13th Consecutive Time
The 153rd meeting between the Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount men's basketball teams was an all-time classic, as after 24 lead changes and 15 ties the Waves pulled out a 78-75 victory in West Coast Conference action on Saturday.
Jan. 22, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- The 153rd meeting between the Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount men's basketball teams was an all-time classic, as after 24 lead changes and 15 ties the Waves pulled out a 78-75 victory in West Coast Conference action on Saturday.
The 24th and final lead change, and 20th of the second half, came with 12 seconds remaining as junior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) sank three free throws to put Pepperdine ahead for good.
The Waves (8-14, 2-3) extended their recent homecourt dominance over the Lions (8-11, 1-4), winning their 13th straight meeting in Firestone Fieldhouse. It was also Pepperdine's 24th win in the last 28 matchups overall.
"It was a good college basketball game, a tough, rivalry game," Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury said. "Both teams played really well. We made the plays down the stretch. The last three minutes, we played with poise and we played smart."
The largest lead of the game came in the first half when the Waves went ahead by seven points on several occasions early. Neither team led by more than four points in the second half, which featured 20 lead changes and 11 ties alone.
LMU's last lead came with 52 seconds left when Drew Viney sank a three-pointer to make it 75-73. The Waves committed an offensive foul on their next possession, but the Lions then missed the front end of a one-and-one with 32 seconds left.
With the shot clock winding down, Jackson was fouled on a three-point attempt with 12 seconds remaining. Jackson, who scored a game-high 24 points, made all three free throws to put Pepperdine ahead to stay at 76-75.
On the next possession, LMU's Vernon Teel drove to the basket but Pepperdine junior center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) took a charge with four seconds left, giving the Waves possession with the lead.
"That was a big play by Corbin," Asbury said. "It was a 50-50 play. We needed to make more of those than LMU did, and that's what we were able to do."
Junior guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) was fouled on the inbounds pass, and he made both free throws to put Pepperdine ahead 78-75 with 4.0 seconds left. Bell scored 22 points for the Waves.
The Waves elected to let the Lions shoot instead of fouling, and the move paid off. LMU hurried the ball up the court but Anthony Ireland's three-point shot from the top of the key at the buzzer was off the mark.
Pepperdine sank all 14 of its free throw attempts and also hit 53.3% of its three-pointers (8-for-15) while shooting 46.7% overall. LMU finished with a better shooting percentage at 49.1% but went just 5-for-15 (33.3%) on three-pointers and 14-for-21 (49.1%) from the foul line.
Senior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Santa Margarita Catholic HS/Stoneridge Prep) added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. LMU was led by Ashley Hamilton's 19 points and Viney's 17 points.
Along with the Pepperdine women's basketball team's 66-61 win at LMU earlier in the day, the Waves have opened up a 6.5 to 5.0 lead in the PCH Cup, a season-long competition between the two rivals.
Pepperdine now leads the all-time series 91-62 with LMU.
The Waves are home again twice next weekend to wrap up the first half of the WCC season. They face Santa Clara on Thursday (Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.) in a game that will be televised by Prime Ticket, and then they host San Francisco on Saturday (Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Fans can watch the games and listen to Al Epstein's broadcasts for free via Wave Casts at www.pepperdinesports.com.